Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (born 9 June 1980), higher recognized by his stage identify D’banj, is a Nigerian singer and rapper and the founding father of Mo’ Hits Records with producer Don Jazzy. He has gained a number of music awards, together with the awards for Finest African Act on the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007,[4] Artist of the Yr on the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Finest Worldwide Act: Africa on the 2011 BET Awards, and Finest-selling African Artist on the 2014 World Music Awards, Evolution award on the 2015 MTV Africa Music awards

Oyebanjo adopted the stage identify D’banj, a mixture of his first identify, Dapo, and his surname, Oyebanjo. D’banj is greatest recognized internationally for his 2012 summer time hit “Oliver Twist”, an uptempo dance fusion of Afrobeats and digital dance music that topped the African charts in 2011 and was a high 10 hit within the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching No. 2 on the UK R&B chart. He stated the yr 2021 can be marked in Grand types and he would launch his album tittled “Ikebe” earlier than the tip of the primary quarter.

Formative years

D’banj, often known as the Kokomaster or Bangalee, was born on 9 June 1980 in Zaria, the northern a part of Nigeria, to a army officer who commanded an artillery regiment and a religious church dignitary businesswoman who hailed from Shagamu in Ogun State. Dbanj has twins as siblings, Taiwo and Kehinde Oyebanjo.

Musical starting

D’banj was launched to the harmonica by his late older brother, Femi Oyebanjo, who died in a airplane crash at age seventeen. With D’banj’s love for music being higher than his dad and mom’ army aspirations, he struggled for his dad and mom’ approval; this may be greatest heard by means of an album observe, All Da Manner from his debut album.

Following the dying of his 17-year-old brother, D’banj organized all his possessions on his mattress after they have been introduced dwelling and simply picked up his harmonica. “I would play it to recollect him.” Later, at college, he realised the potential of his new expertise with the instrument. “I would go to the feminine hostel after lectures, and even when there was no electrical energy I might play there.” He remembers studying Celine Dion’s “My Coronary heart Will Go On” after Titanic got here out – “and that bought me quite a lot of women!”

D’banj then proceeded to review mechanical engineering on the Lagos State University, however as a result of fixed strikes and a number of other irregularities within the faculty he determined to withdraw. Plans to proceed his research as a mechanical engineer in London have been derailed when he arrived within the UK in 2001, and met Don Jazzy who was making an attempt for a breakthrough as a songwriter and producer. D’Banj began hanging across the studio, making ends meet whereas working as a safety guard. “It was OK, as a result of I did nights,” he says, “so I might take heed to music on my headphones.”

Don Jazzy advised Kokomaster he thought he was a star within the making, and sensing that the music scene in Nigeria was “blossoming”, the pair returned to Lagos in 2005. That very same yr got here the one “Tongolo”; the video was paid for by D’Banj’s mom. It grew to become an prompt hit, and gained extensive acclaim throughout the nation. His first endorsement was with an power drink known as Energy Fist.

Music profession

As a tribute to his mentor Fela, D’banj makes use of a fusion of Afrobeat and Afropop to convey his music to life and into the twenty first century with breathless enthusiasm in addition to dose of humour. His songs are primarily based on his life, usually hilarious however with a deeper that means which paperwork the wrestle of a younger Nigerian making an attempt to realize his desires. He performs in Yoruba, English and Pidgin English.

2005: No Lengthy Factor

D’banj’s debut album, No Long Thing, was launched in 2005. It yielded a number of singles with Tongolo because the lead single. This proved to be his breakthrough single and a success. It additionally supplied his Koko Grasp persona, with the time period, koko, taking over quite a lot of meanings. D’banj’s debut success led to collaborations with different artists, together with Dare Art Alade and Ikechukwu. D’Banj’s single koko was utilized by the PDP (ruling political social gathering in Nigeria) as its marketing campaign theme for the 2007 basic elections.

2006: Rundown Funk U Up

D’banj’s second album Rundown Funk U Up, which was launched in 2006, yielded a number of singles together with the membership single, Tongolo (Remix), and the lead single Why Me?. This proved to be one other hit.

2007–2008: Curriculum Vitae & The Entertainer

D’banj, as an artist of Mo’Hits Records,

can also be a member of its collective group, Mo’ Hits Allstars (contains artists Dr SID, Wande Coal, KaySwitch, and D’Prince). He has as soon as been noticed with considered one of Nigeria’s most gifted singers, “Smile Lasisi”. The collective’s debut album, Curriculum Vitae, was launched in December 2007. It included hit singles, “Be Shut To You”, “Booty Name” and “Transfer Your Physique”, which was the lead single. D’banj was featured in Ikechukwu’s 2008 hit, “Wind Am Nicely”.

July 2008 noticed the discharge of D’banj’s third album, The Entertainer, with the singles “Gbono Feli Feli”, “Kimon”, “Olorun Maje” and “Entertainer”.

Mo’Hits/G.O.O.D. Music

In June 2011, D’banj was signed to Kanye West G.O.O.D Music report label as an artiste. On 9 June 2011, D’banj wrote on his Twitter account, @iamdbanj, “Similar to yesterday, myself and my brother did Tongolo. 7 years later, Mo’Hits indicators with GOOD Music. Finest Birthday reward ever. God thanks.”

In September 2016, it was introduced D’banj was launched from GOOD Music.

Mo’Hits break-up

After a number of months of hypothesis and wild rumors, ace producer, Don Jazzy confirmed through his Twitter account the break-up of Mo’Hits. After the break-up, Don Jazzy, D’Prince, Dr SID, Wande Coal began Mavin Records whereas D’banj based DB Data and as anticipated, he signed his youthful brother Kayswitch to the label alongside two producers, Jaysleek and Deevee.

Sony Leisure Deal

In December 2012, D’banj signed a mega cope with Sony. Talking on the significance of the deal to Sony, the managing director of Sony Music Leisure, Sean Watson, stated: “Partnering with D’Banj is a seminal occasion for us at Sony Music Leisure Africa. We have all the time admired his expertise and to have the ability to help with bringing D’Banj’s music to thousands and thousands of followers, established and new, throughout the continent is an honour for us. We’re very enthusiastic about being part of it.”

The deal was described as a “Pan African, multi-album cope with Sony Music’s RCA Data. It additionally includes an unique administration cope with Sony Music and strategic associate ROCKSTAR4000 for the continent. Add to {that a} multi-album, worldwide unique contract with rising Nigerian singer-songwriter star Kayswitch and a strategic partnership with D’Banj’s Nigerian report label DB Records”.


The forthcoming single “Hassle You”, impressed by the movie Half of a Yellow Sun, was launched on 7 April 2013, by Mi7 Data and D’banj’s label DKM Media.[19] In June 2014, D’banj launched artists below his report label, which incorporates him, youthful brother Kay Switch, brothers MossKriss and Ralph Kriss and Tonto Dikeh, Ebeneztizzy.


He launched the album titled King Don Come, with visitor options from the likes of Gucci Mane, Wande Coal, Harry Songs, Bucie, Busiswa and so on. in August. The album contains singles ‘It is Not A Lie’, ‘El Chapo in addition to his 2012 mega hit ‘Oliver Twist’.

Dwell performances

He has carried out at Femi Kuti’s new Afrikan Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos in addition to the Shrine Synchro System’s common London Evening at Cargo. He carried out on the Black President Live performance in reminiscence of Fela’s artwork and legacy on the Barbican in London, and in addition alongside many worldwide artists in Nigeria like Kelly Rowland on the 1st Version of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria. D’banj is a daily performer for the annual ThisDay Africa Rising Music Competition.

He was concerned in probably the most anticipated occasions of the season, ‘Koko Live performance’. This live performance consisted of D’Banj, Don Jazzy, Dr SID, Wande Coal, D’Prince plus a couple of visitor appearances together with May7ven and comic Tunde Ednut. The stage was set for an exciting night time – the Koko impact is certainly LIVE in London as followers of D’Banj and Mo’ Hits crammed the O2 enviornment to capability. As anticipated, the hits simply stored coming and the momentum was sustained with on-stage antics from all of the artists. In December 2010, the Mo’ Hits All Stars introduced Koko Live performance to Lagos and D’banj stored belting out energetic performances that stored the viewers screaming. Colleagues like M.I, eLDee, Jesse Jagz, and Wizkid additionally joined up on stage. There was additionally a world premiere of the extremely anticipated “Mr Endowed (Remix)” that includes Snoop Dogg and in addition a current observe “Blame It on the Cash” that includes the Californian native and Big Sean.

On 23 June 2012, D’banj carried out on the Hackney Weekend to have a good time the 2012 Summer Olympics, which was headlined by Jay-Z and Rihanna. He carried out alongside his pal, and fellow Universal Music Group label mate, Rita Ora on 30 August 2012 on the SCALA London Dwell Music, Golf equipment and Arts Venue to have a good time the discharge of her debut album Ora. He additionally carried out on the AFCON 2013 closing ceremony held in South Africa. On 18 April 2015, D’banj carried out on the International citizen earth day a Free Live performance on Capitol Hill (Washington Monument Grounds) for the forty fifth Anniversary of Earth Day placed on by International Poverty Challenge and the Earth Day Community


With D’banj’s first album got here his first endorsement from an power drink known as Energy Fist. In Could 2013, D’banj was named the Financial institution of Trade (BOI) ambassador. In November 2013, D’banj re-signed a multi-million Naira cope with Globacom, the corporate he parted methods with in 2010. In June 2014 D’Banj Secures Deal With Heritage Bank. In October 2014, D’banj was named the official African ambassador for Beats by Dre. In February 2015, D’banj was named the official African ambassador for Ciroc Nigeria. In an unique story on Tush Magazine Challenge 11, Banky W and Dbanj shed extra lights on how they grew to become Ciroc Ambassadors. In September 2015, D’banj was made the model ambassador of SLOT, a preferred cell phone, and digital gadget retail outfit. Dbanj is now among the many richest Afrobeats artists in Nigeria.

Humanitarian work

D’banj is the founding father of Koko Basis for Youth and Peace Growth. He was additionally Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace. Dbanj is a ONE campaign ambassador; he launched the tune “Cocoa Na Chocolate” in assist of agriculture investments. ‘Cocoa Na Chocolate’ featured 18 different African artists and gained Finest African Collaboration on the All Africa Music Awards in 2014.

In 2015, he was applauded by World Bank Chief, Jim Yong Kim for utilizing his music energy and excessive superstar standing to bringing consideration to severe and significant points in Africa with particular concentrate on agriculture and poverty alleviation. Jim Yong Kim was quoted saying that “I had the pleasure of assembly D’banj final month and seeing him carry out. I am thrilled he’s the primary artists to participate in our new Music4Dev sequence encouraging world artist to boost consciousness about poverty and associated points.”

In 2015 D’banj launched the video to “Extraordinary” to boost consciousness on gender equality and girls’s empowerment. World financial institution endorsed the tune as a tune for ladies consciousness.


D’Banj is vastly immersed within the data expertise, significantly within the areas of value-added services and Content material digital distribution. He owns MCOMM Ltd (Median Cellular Communications Restricted, A Worth Added Service Content material Supplier) and D’ Kings Males Media Restricted (a 360 Media Firm), that are accountable for his main digital strikes in current occasions.


In August 2016, D’banj’s D’Kings Males Media partnered with MTN Nigeria and the Financial institution of Trade to launch THE CREAM PLATFORM, a artistic expertise platform that was set as much as assist uncover younger artistic minds throughout Nigeria by simply dialing a USSD code on a cell phone. It’s reported that the platform, as at December 2016, had over 2 million paying subscribers and has found a whole lot of skills from the music class alone, with tens of music movies and thousands and thousands of Naira given out to winners.

Private life

D’banj married Lineo Didi Kilgrow in June 2016. He introduced the start of their son, Daniel Oyebanjo III, in Could 2017; the kid drowned in June 2018.


In June 2020, after D’banj had posted to social media to “say no to rape,” Seyitan Babatayo accused him of raping her in 2018, saying she needed to “[call] him out on his hyprocrisy.” Shortly thereafter she went lacking for 2 days, and whereas she was lacking posts made to her social media stated the allegations had been a publicity stunt to assist an upcoming D’banj single. Based on The Guardian, she was discovered with assist from the NGO Stand to Finish Rape (STER). She stated she’d been kidnapped by Nigerian police, who turned her over to D’banj’s administration staff who co-opted her social media and made the retraction posts. D’banj denied the accusations, calling them “false allegations and lies from the pit of hell.” After a number of days Babatayo issued a press release saying she and D’banj had agreed upon a “non-monetary” settlement, saying, “I simply need my peace.”

On 3 July 2020, D’banj sued Babatayo for N1.5 billion. Shortly thereafter, D’banj’s former supervisor Franklin Amudo reported that Babatayo had advised him D’banj had raped her the day after the alleged rape.

The 40-year-old songwriter spoke throughout his look at ‘Bliss Expertise’, a church occasion hosted by Moses Bliss, a music artist.

In June 2018, Dbanj and Lineo Didi Kilgrow, his spouse, had mourned the lack of Daniel Oyebanjo III, their one-year-old son. The toddler was reported on the time to have drowned within the pool within the singer’s dwelling in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Recalling the tragic incident, Dbanj stated God has replenished him by blessing him with not one however two youngsters.

“What I used to be making an attempt to say is that I am truly born once more. Once I stated Jesus is the koko, I meant it. If anyone is aware of my story, for each considered one of my album, I all the time give honour to whom honour is due,” he may be heard saying.

“I all the time know the supply of the place I stand. Three years in the past, I misplaced my first son. However the Lord restored me. There are stuff you would say to folks and so they will not relate as a result of they imagine you do not know what they’re by means of.

“However God will put you thru some journey so that you just stand…[inaudible] Thanks a lot. God bless you.”



Studio albums
Title Album particulars
No Long Thing
  • Launched: 2005
  • Label: Mo’Hits Data
  • Codecs: CD, digital download
RunDown Funk U Up
  • aunched: 2006
  • Label: Mo’Hits Data
  • Codecs: CD, digital download
The Entertainer
  • Launched: 11 September 2008
  • Label: Mo’Hits Data
  • Codecs: CD, digital download
King Don Come
  • Launched: 2017
  • Label: DKM Inc/Priority Records/Capitol Records
  • Codecs: Digital obtain
Stress Free, Chapter 1
  • Launched: 2021
  • Label: DB Data
  • Codecs: Digital obtain
Compilation albums
Title Album particulars
Curriculum Vitae
D’Kings Men


Yr Title Peak chart positions Album
BEL (Vl)
BEL (Wa)
2005 “Tongolo” (that includes Tola HU) No Lengthy Factor
2006 “Run Down (Funk U Up)” RunDown Funk U Up
“Why Me”
2007 “Tongolo Remix”
2008 “Kimon” The Entertainer
“All of the sudden”
“Gbono Feli Feli”
“All of the sudden”
Fall in Love
2009 Scapegoat N/A
2010 Mr Endowed (Remix)
(that includes Snoop Dogg)
2012 Oliver Twist 60 68 66 9 D’Kings Males
Cashflow” (D’banj that includes Kay Change)
“Sister Caro” (Kay Change that includes D’banj)
2013 Don’t Tell Me Nonsense
Top of the World
2014 “Feeling the Ni*ga”
2015 “Feeling a Nikka” (Remix) (with Akon)
“Frosh”[58] (that includes Akon)
2016 “Emergency”
2017 “Its Not a Lie” King Don Come
“El Chapo” King Don Come
2018 “Agidi”
“Issa Banger”
“Shake It” (that includes Tiwa Savage)
2019 “One thing For One thing” (that includes Casper Nyovest & Tiwa Savage)
“Baecation” (that includes 2Baba)
2022 “Face Present” (that includes Skiibii & HollyHood Bay Bay)

Visitor appearances

Yr Title Different performer(s) Album
2012 “The Morning Raekwon, Pusha T, Common, 2 Chainz, Cyhi the Prynce, Kid Cudi Cruel Summer


Yr Title Director Ref
2006 Tongolo
2006 Socor
2006 Mobolowowon
2015 Confidential That includes Idris Elba
2015 Knocking on My Door
2015 Salute That includes Ice Prince Zamani
2016 Emergency
2016 Famous person
2017 It is Not A Lie
2017 El Chapo
2018 “Motion”(Prod. by Pheelz)
2018 “Agidi”(Prod. by Chopstix)
2019 “Mo Cowl Eh”That includes.Slimcase
2020 “The whole lot Is Okay”
2021 “Ikébè”
2021 “BANGA”

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